How to Make an Awesome Forest Sensory Set for Your Schleich European Forest Dwellers!

forest sensory STEM play set using schleich forest dweller figures

Our Review of the European Forest Dweller Schleich Set!

The little man is at that age where his imagination runs completely wild  -all the time! Right now he is loving role-play and science. When we got the chance to review the European Forest Dweller set by Schleich, I was excited to see what b would do with the animals! Knowing b they’d end up on a pirate ship or in a knight’s castle. I had a forest sensory idea in mind though!

forest sensory STEM play set using schleich forest dweller figures

Once they arrived and we got them out of the box, b really wanted to make a forest for them to play in. After much hunting and scavenging, we came up with an awesome forest scene for our new animal friends.

forest sensory STEM play set using schleich forest dweller figures

Forest Sensory Play!

You don’t have to spend a fortune on making small play sets for these plastic animals. Instead of pricey Tuff Spots/cement trays – which are fab but fairly large and somewhat difficult to store – I prefer smaller trays such as seed trays. These were £1 for six trays. You can make lovely settings for your children to play with if you prefer something a bit smaller.

forest sensory STEM play set using schleich forest dweller figures

Today on the blog I share with you some essentials for a fun forest sensory play scene to use with your Schleich animal set!

Compost / Soil

Simply using some compost or soil from the garden is a great base for your forest set.

forest sensory STEM play set using schleich forest dweller figures

Dry Cereal

It’s amazing how much fun dry cereal or pasta can be too! I had a box of granola which was pretty much finished. It made a fun contrast to the soil!

Vegetables

I know it sounds silly but if you have any left over veg or old lettuce then this can be a fun addition to a forest set too!

forest sensory STEM play set using schleich forest dweller figures

play-doh

Where would we be without good old fashioned play-doh?! Perfect for squishing and making animal tracks in!

Stick and leaves

Get your little ones to “help” by tasking them with collecting leaves and sticks from the garden. This activity in itself can prove lots of fun!

B absolutely loved getting his diggers involved with this too!

forest sensory STEM play set using schleich forest dweller figures

Schleich animals are ideal for this type of sensory play and they really get the imagination going when it comes to exploring the world around them. Although fairly pricey, the animals are fab quality. The models are really intricate and painted with such detail too. They look real!

forest sensory STEM play set using schleich forest dweller figures
B really loved the fox!

And of course there are pros to plastic figures like these: you don’t need batteries, there is no assembly required and no small parts to come loose and get lost. Ultimately they are a great pick up and play type of toy. We really enjoyed these Schleich dinosaurs too. Take a read of our five fun ways to play with them!

Have you tried any sensory activities like this? Does your little one love to play with mud? This activity is perfect for inspiring inquisitive minds!

forest sensory STEM play set using schleich forest dweller figuresDisclaimer: We were sent these animals for the purpose of this review. Thoughts and opinion are my own though.

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